Cindy Sherman
[Artist, b. 1954, Glen Ridge, New Jersey, lives in New York.]

 People are always trying to find the next groovy thing, and it hasn’t gone back to painting... I’d like it to go back to painting. I’m sick of all this photography and video. There’s so much of it, it’s almost annoying. 
 One reason I was interested in photography was to get away from the preciousness of the art object. 
 The way I see it, as soon as I make a piece I’ve lost control of it. 
 The still must tease with the promise of a story the viewer of it itches to be told. 
 Believing in one’s own art becomes harder and harder when the public response grows fonder. 
 If I knew what the picture was going to be like I wouldn’t make it. It was almost like it was made already... the challenge is more about trying to make what you can’t think of. 
 Some people have told me they remember the film that one of my images is derived from, but in fact I had no film in mind at all. 
 [My work is] maybe about me maybe not wanting to be me and wanting to be all these other characters. Or at least try them on. 
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